The new Performance versions of Audi’s RS6 estate and RS7 sedan have been announced. In addition to updating both models’ 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 engines, the luxury brand has made technical improvements and subdued external and interior cosmetic changes.

Audi RS6, RS7 Performance: 

The 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine now produces 630 horsepower and 850 Nm, 30 horsepower and 50 Nm more than the normal RS6 and RS7 thanks to the addition of larger turbochargers by Audi. Audi’s Quattro technology transmits power to all four wheels using an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to Audi, both vehicles can now accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.4 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than their previous iterations.

Audi has also eliminated most insulation to lighten the vehicles’ engine compartments. As a result, the RS6 and RS7 now weigh 2,090kg and 2,065kg, respectively, a decrease of 8kg each. According to the manufacturer, removing the insulation causes the engine to sound louder. The new self-locking centre differential for better handling and the new 22-inch weightless alloy wheels, which are now 5kg lighter and covered in Continental Sport Contact 7 tyres, are some of the other significant technological updates made to the RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance.

The RS Dynamic kit, which raises the top speed to 280 kph and adds all-wheel steering and the Quattro sport differential to the rear axle, is now available from the manufacturer as standard on both variants. With the RS Dynamics Package plus, which Audi provides as an option, the peak speed is increased to 305 kph, and carbon-ceramic brakes are added.

Audi RS6, RS7 Performance: exterior, interior details

Both models retain their current style, but two new matte colour schemes—matt Ascari Blue and flat Dew Silver—are added. The models also have RS-exclusive exterior accents such as matte grey-finished wing mirrors, front spoiler, front side flaps, side sill inserts, side window trims, and rear diffuser. The roof rails, side window trimmings, and the Audi insignia can all be completed in black as part of an optional carbon/black optics package.

Both models’ interiors have the same general layout, but new blue accents have been added. The sides of the centre console and the selector lever knob are coated in Dinamica microfiber. This material employs about 45% recycled PET fibres, while the seats are now upholstered in Valcona leather with honeycomb stitching. Both models now include traffic light icons built into the 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and gear shift indications inspired by motorsport that appear when launch control is engaged.


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